OCD: (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
|OCD is essentially defined as an anxiety disorder. The mind is filled with thoughts "If I fail to do something or forget to do something a negative will happen to me". This thought is often fed from some subconscious connection of a past event in life.|
As an example, the person may have been told something when they were a child. “If you don't X you will get Y". Because of this a fear develops and becomes rooted deep in the subconscious mind. It did not matter if there was any basis or actual fact that supports the reason. Because of lack of real life experience to test the statement the thought is accepted as factual. Once that happens it becomes part of the foundation of that persons logic and thinking. Another example would be a traumatic experience.
A specific action to escape or end the traumatic event could be repeated to assure that the situation will not come back. As an example a person may have been the victim of a burglary. The resulting compulsion is to repeatedly checking to see if all the doors and windows are closed and locked. Even if they know they are locked the need to check repeatedly is overwhelming. It is as if the act of checking ought to lead to relief of the anxiety, but usually it doesn’t. Elaborate rituals often accompany this behaviour.
The list of ways OCD starts can go on for several hours of reading. Treatment options are widely varied, and each has specific results. Medication is effective but only masks the problem. It does nothing to address the underlying root cause.
Typically insurance companies encourage this method of treatment because it is the least expensive in their eyes. The results of the side effects of medication can vary. Often the first thing to suffer is the sex life of the person. Then getting off the medications becomes another separate problem.
Yet another therapy is Hypnotherapy and this approach can sometimes yield faster results. This is because Hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind. If the root cause is unknown, a hypnotic technique known as age regression can be very helpful in identifying the events that set OCD in motion. Once the cause is identified hypnosis becomes a powerful tool to set things right.
To use the example above on burglary, the Hypnotherapy would probably go like this; Assuming that the cause "burglary" was not known. The first step would be to identify all the OCD elements like closing windows and doors. Second would be to see how they are connected. Also ask to see if they can recall about when the behaviour started. If they were not able to answer that then age regression would be uses as a discovery tool. Note that the use of age regression has the potential of reducing the discovery time. Once the root cause is identified, the subconscious is addressed and the problem is resolved. Often, the real root of the cause lies in childhood and the person remains completely asymptomatic for many years, when another later event with similar life themes triggers the onset of symptoms.
In such a case, an overactive fear of the situation reoccurring may have been the root cause. Because Hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind the results can be much faster than conventional talk/challenge therapy that deals more directly with the conscious mind.